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While the term "hair restoration" can refer to any type of hair loss treatment or solution (particularly those promising regrowth), hair restoration surgery is specifically tied to a procedure known as hair transplantation. Plastic surgeons and professional hair transplant providers like Bosley (and its former sister company Medical Hair Restoration) have helped hair transplant surgery evolve from the days of questionable looking hair plugs to today's natural looking, follicular unit-based results.
Recent Q&A about this Treatment
D. K., Henderson, NV
Hair restoration is a blanket term that includes all hair loss treatments, including hair transplant surgery, topical ointments, prescription medication, laser hair therapy, and more. Many people opt for hair transplant surgery after being disappointed with the results of non-invasive treatments. During a hair transplant, hair follicles are surgically extracted from a "donor area," or area of your body with actively growing hair. The back of the head, near the nape of the neck, is a common donor area. The donor area is then sutured to the areas suffering from hair loss. When the wounds heal, the area will begin to grow hair. It can be styled, dyed, and cut just like your own hair—because it is.
Marisa Amorasak, Community Manager, Hair Loss Specialists
Hair Restoration via Hair Transplant Surgery
Hair restoration surgery begins with an evaluation of the donor area, located at the back and sides of the head. This is where your hair restoration surgeon will select your donor hair. This area contains the hair follicles that are genetically programmed not to shed and are the most resistant to balding, making them the ideal hair for the hair restoration process. Only a trained specialist can judge whether you have the sufficient hair density needed for successful hair transplantation surgery.
Once the detailed preparation of the micro-grafts is complete, your hair restoration surgeon uses artistic strategy to place them into the thinning or balding areas. In a hair restoration surgery, single-hair follicular units are placed at precise but varied angles in the frontal hair zone to create a soft, natural looking hairline. Larger follicular units are placed behind the hairline, providing density and volume for the larger balding areas. At a Bosley clinic, as with most hair transplant surgeons, the artistic placement of hair grafts is customized to each patient in order to resemble natural hair growth patterns. Even after being transplanted, donor follicles retain their genetic ability to block hair loss, so hair restoration surgery is a permanent hair loss solution.
Hair Restoration via Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatments
Whether transplantation interests you or not, there is no shortage of other hair restoration treatment options-- both professional and over the counter. Popular options include Propecia, Rogaine, Laser Hair Therapy, and laser combs. Each of these hair loss products can help your original hairline or new hair grafts grow into fuller, thicker hair. At a hair loss clinic, a product like the HairMax Laser Comb and other FDA approved laser combs can work wonders, as well. While no non-invasive treatment can bring back hair with the same efficiency and effectiveness as hair restoration surgery, they can complement a hair transplant or offer noticeable results for those looking to slow the hair loss process on a smaller budget.
Hair Restoration Costs
Hair restoration surgery costs are pretty favorable when one considers its permanency in comparison to other hair loss treatments. Rogaine and Propecia can require many years of hair loss payments for less obvious results. Medical Hair Restoration offers hair loss solutions for the long haul.
If you're ready to find the hair loss clinic nearest you, feel free to contact us today! Hair restoration surgery can not only restore your hairline, but your confidence as well. For many, it's an investment well worth making.